Folksonomy | Virality is a structured repository of digital culture and creative practice. en-au Creative Commons License: (cc), Simon Perkins Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:05:01 +1000 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:05:01 +1000 Constellations 2.0 60 Cognitive closure and the price of certainty during times of fear and anxiety mdash like for example right now mdash everybody rsquo s need for closure increases We tend to make judgments more quickly regardless of the facts We rsquo re also drawn to leaders who are decisive and paint solutions in simple terms After the attacks of Sept 11 2001 Dr Kruglanski and his team of researchers found that as the color-coded terrorism threat system increased support for President George W Bush went up accordingly The more uncertain our world seems the more we compensate by seeking out certainty Daniele Anastasion 1 November 2016 The New York Times Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:05:01 +1000 Moby amp The Void Pacific Choir Are You Lost In The World Like Me Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:52:04 +1000 The vaporwave aesthetic and the music playing behind an infomercial for public access purgatory Vaporwave isn rsquo t just something you listen to either it rsquo s something you experience and experiences include visuals Vaporwave visual art simply referred to as aesthetics is varied but tends to honor some core tenets If you rsquo re looking at something pink and teal with a marble classical bust and a glitchy Windows 95 logo you rsquo re probably looking at a vaporwave aesthetic If you rsquo re watching a YouTube video with a title written in a weirdly soothing stretched out font you rsquo re probably watching a vaporwave aesthetic If you haven rsquo t guessed by now vaporwave is a bit of a joke or more accurately an internet meme Vaporwave rsquo s trippy immediate artistic ancestor seapunk was a running inside joke on Tumblr during 2011 about fashion and art and music inspired by the ocean The look and sound of a psychedelic club run by a hipster Ariel from The Little Mermaid is a pretty accurate summation Neon seapunk imagery even found its way into Rihanna rsquo s 2012 Saturday Night Live performance confounding many viewers with its colorful and stylish but garish cheap and seemingly unprofessional grainy green screen look The exact difference between seapunk and vaporwave is blurry but as far as I understand vaporwave trades the aquatic focus for a fascination with the emptiness of aging and or amateur glossy commercialism It rsquo s the music playing behind an infomercial for public access purgatory Jordan Minor 03 June 2016 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 16:38:24 +1000 100 Women 2015 Life for women in Islamic State s Raqqa Nour is a woman from Raqqa the so-called Islamic State s IS capital inside Syria She managed to escape the city and is now a refugee in Europe where she met up with the BBC This story is based on her experiences and those of her two sisters who are still inside the IS-held city Names and the timings of some events have been changed to avoid compromising the safety of Nour or her family BBC News 2015 Video produced by Vladimir Hernandez Faisal Irshaid and Najlaa Aboumerhi Animation by Luis Ruibal Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:11:30 +1000 The hipster as the postmodern dandy The hipster is concurrently developing into a form of youth subculture though at present in a limited sense Many of the tropes and defining characteristics of teenage tribalism are being draped in hipster attire but with little of the angst-ridden and socio-economic preliminaries at the base of earlier subcultural trends and movements such as skinheads goths and punks or some recipe based thereon Without a solid or at least only slightly shifting base in materiality and social context the attire of this set of genuinely disenfranchised youth is sign only the woolly hat and the running shoe are talismans devoid of any intended meaning the world seems flooded with signs without symbolism with younger converts to the hipster style aping their ape forebears The sign has in this context lost its original referent and become hyperreal Baudrillard 1994 p 1 The real origin of the sign s meaning has been lost or buried under meaningless affectation the borrowing and commodification of a modern exoticism that of various minority or retro alternative fashions and attitudes In reference to subcultural groups Hebdige notes that humble objects can be magically appropriated stolen by subordinate groups and made to carry secret meanings 1979 cited in Haralambos and Holborn 2004 p 808 This explains the way punks could style safety pins into a new context and teddy boys could subvert the traditional connotations of Edwardian formality ndash the coded meanings that charge such appropriated style-objects amounted to a kind of resistance to the ruling order be that signified by the state or in the square world of the mainstream Each subculture is in some way spectacular in that it creates a spectacle and intends to be noticed The hipster is daily losing this status as s he becomes overloaded with signifiers aesthetic surface and has become divorced from the collective there is no need for internal reinforcement against a subordinating external force when one has such a slippery class composition The hipster is not oppressed and purports to signify the pinnacle of individual choice and cultural savoir faire though this position is problematized by the amoebic development of a youth subculture with roots in working class communities The hipster s resistance is not to social subordination but to modernity itself to a meaning-deficit brought on by a loosely defined insecure mainstream culture that is less and less able to provide collective ontological sustenance Perhaps the youth-hipster is an attempt to introduce a degree of collectivity in order to partially overcome alienation and inwardness though this does not excuse the continued loss of substance and meaning in style and aesthetic value Michael Reeve 2013 Academia edu Sun, 15 Nov 2015 21:31:14 +1000 Addiction is a social rather than individual phenomenon Sun, 08 Nov 2015 20:35:59 +1000 David Cross A Question of Trust visceral and embodied experience Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:57:33 +1000 Everybody s Gone to the Rapture Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:58:01 +1000 Tinder becoming a commodity through consumption practices While most people know about online dating sites like Match com and eHarmony a new app called Tinder is proving to be popular with younger users Tinder takes a users Facebook profile and connects them with other users in their area From there it takes both people to like each other or swipe right to become a match and start talking Our research continually shows that in fact many college aged woman are having sex to get the relationships whereas guys are having sex to get the sex Dr Liahna Gordon said In that way Dr Gordon argues Tinder with what many see as a hookup app favors the motivations of men Gordon is concerned about Tinder being another way to commodify humans It s like shopping I m going to try this one on oh don t like that one Gordon said It s a continual supply and that there s always more That provides a lot of excitement in some lives that where people aren t so content with their lives At least for now it seems young people will continue to shop Brian Johnson and Debbie Cobb 14 February 2014 Action News Now Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:56:45 +1000 Consuming to Achieve Affective Goals The term affective consumption refers to the use of a good to achieve an affective goal of either entering a positively valenced affective state or leaving a negatively valenced one Affective goals may be achieved using either an instant gratification strategy or a delayed gratification strategy W Edward Roth W Edward Roth 2001 Consuming to Achieve Affective Goals a Framework For Analysis With Application in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 28 eds Mary C Gilly and Joan Meyers-Levy Valdosta GA Association for Consumer Research Pages 217 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:11 +1000 Gabriel Tarde The Laws of Imitation Sun, 18 May 2014 21:33:48 +1000 Virality Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks Tony D Sampson 2012 Virality Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks University of Minnesota Press Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:02:22 +1000 Haul girls identity performance through brand consumption and endorsement Helina is explaining what a haul girl is to me Basically you go out shopping for clothes or beauty products she says then you make a haul video and show viewers on YouTube what you got You go through the items of clothing one by one I guess what people get out of them is not showing off like how much money you ve got or anything but lifestyle you get to see how one person lives what their taste is If you re minded to sneer at a youth cult that involves making videos about your shopping then Helina has a pretty intriguing counter ndash argument It s not just about showing what you ve got she says It s a whole creative process behind the videos as well which is what I enjoy about it Choosing the right music going from the filming to the editing Sometimes I even storyboard things because I want certain shots how I can present different items and things like that Besides she says it s a genuine community She thinks a lot of haul girls turn the camera on because it s a way to talk to people without having to go outside and face their fears I know that was the case with me I turned on my camera because I was at home signed off work sick and really bored And it helped with my confidence in a way There s this community where you can talk to like ndash minded people Alexis Petridis 20 March 2014 The Guardian Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:10:02 +1000 Visceral Theory Affect and Embodiment How can we think or write theory in the wake of poststructuralism For a number of recent thinkers one possible answer arrives in the often slippery category of affect in the attempt to return theoretical attention not only to material conditions but specifically to the body and the intensities that traverse it Such theorists are critical of the elevation of language over visceral lived experience and interested in the ways that affects circulate publicly or are transmitted contagiously The skin writes Brian Massumi is faster than the word In different ways they theorize affect ndash which they distinguish from emotion or feeling ndash as a per ndash personal and pre ndash linguistic entity about which they nonetheless attempt to speak This class will constitute a joint experiment in how to think write and deploy the concept or concepts of affect Readings will include selections from Baruch Spinoza Sigmund Freud Gilles Deleuze and F eacute lix Guattari Brian Massumi Kathleen Stewart Teresa Brennan Lauren Berlant Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and others No prior reading will be assumed but a willingness to struggle with and through nonlinear and experimental writing both alone and with the group will be an absolute necessity Abby Kluchin Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:28:42 +1000 Internet Caf eacute s hybrids involving analogue and digital virtual and real Terms like Internet caf eacute or cybercaf eacute bring us right back to the 90s along with phrases like web page or digital divide which were invented to describe new hybrids involving analog and digital virtual and real as well as the present and near future It s not that these terms have grown obsolete It s rather that these 20th ndash century phenomena they once described have outgrown their terminology They were born as metaphors but over time turned into idioms and their analog parts were the first to lose their original meanings People who did not witness the emergence of the web do not fully understand why browser content is still called a page It s has also become unclear what public internet access facilities have in common with caf eacute s yet we continue calling them internet caf eacute s or cybercaf eacute s Olia Lialina 2012 ndash 01 ndash 10 Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:54:50 +1000